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Join Docademia to watch breathtaking documentaries and celebrate winners of their 2nd Short Doc Contest on Women’s Rights to Public Spaces!

An evening of film screenings, discussion, and dialogue with directors, filmmakers, and educators from around the world. This year’s award ceremony will present the best movies of the 2017 contest on challenges for women in public spaces from 112 countries and will include the announcement of the top 3 winners among 1018 film submissions to our contest.

Space is limited. Please RSVP here.


DATE:  Thursday, August 9, 2018 TIME 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Central Standard Time)


1871 Auditorium,

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654


This event is organized with the support of 1871 Chicago, Purdue Foundry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, CMEC at Purdue University Northwest, and Chicago Media Project.


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Finalists of the 2nd Contest

Congratulation to the TEN finalists of Docademia’s 2nd Contest!

After a thorough review of more than one thousand documentary film submissions to our 2nd contest, we’re happy to announce the top 10 documentaries as the finalists of the 2nd Contest. We asked our team of reviewers to consider each film in four categories: film aesthetics, content, topic, and bias. The finalist films should not only be visually engaging but should also tell a complete story about women’s challenges in public spaces without prejudice.

Our 10 finalists are:

  • Beneath the Embers
  • Heart Sisters
  • Hide and seek
  • Inner Me
  • Kahrizak-Tajrish
  • Mwavita, born at the time of war
  • The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality
  • The Knit Doll
  • The People’s Girls
  • Together Apart

Our Jury Committee of university faculty members in the field of social justice and women’s studies are currently evaluating the ten films to select the top three films of the contest. The results will be announced at our Award Ceremony at 1871 Chicago on Aug. 9th, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive cash prizes of $700, $300, $150, respectively.

Stay tuned for more details about the event and exciting updates!




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Docademia Webinar Series | “Breaking The Silence”

Please join us for a Docademia Webinar session to watch a short documentary on mental health called, Breaking the Silence. You’ll have an opportunity to speak Live with the filmmakers.

We’re honored to announce that the event is generously supported by McGill University’s Human Development and Well-Being Center

What: A documentary on mental health and Live Q&A video chat with the filmmakers-activists.
When: Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-9 PM (EST)
Where: to see you all there!

Please RSVP here:

Organizer: Docademia Team
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Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest


Filmmakers will have a chance to compete for $700, $300, $150 prizes, as well as the opportunity to license their film through Docademia. Runners up will also be given distribution deals and have opportunities to collect royalties when their film is purchased by teachers and institutions of higher learning.



• Submissions must have English subtitles.
• Make sure to read our submission criteria before you submit your film.
• Refer to our Terms and Conditions for the details about our contract.

to be notified of our next contests

Docademia welcomes any short documentary under 20 minutes that addresses the topic of the contest.

Submissions must have English subtitles,
or the narrative should be in English.

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Docademia’s 2nd Award Ceremony: Challenges for Women in Public Spaces

August 9th, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Auditorium @ 1871
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for an evening of film screenings, discussion, and dialogue with directors, filmmakers, and educators from around the world.

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This year's award ceremony will present the best movies of the 2017 contest on Challenges for Women in Public Spaces from 112 countries, and will include the announcement of the winners. Don't miss a live Q&A session with the filmmakers right after the ceremony.

This event is organized with the support of 1871 Chicago, Purdue Foundry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, CMEC at Purdue University Northwest and Chicago Media Project

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Docademia Continues to Be Listed @ SAIC Library’s A-Z Database

Docademia continues to be listed as a resource available to the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) community via the Flaxman Library! We’re listed as a resource on A-Z database.  We enjoyed working with the SAIC faculty members and students during Spring 2018, and we’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with SAIC community during Fall 2018 to provide an open mic to marginalized communities from all corners of the world to talk directly with students and educators who care about social justice issues!

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1018 Stories from 100+ Countries


We are excited to share that our 2nd global film contest that started in Spring 2017 was completed with 1018 short documentaries from more than 100 countries around the world.

The theme for the contest is focused on Challenges for Women in Public Spaces: Storytelling through Short Documentaries.

We’re thrilled to announce that we finished the two rounds of reviews and are amazed by hundreds of outstanding stories. The reviewing team is preparing the shortlisted films to share with our Jury Committee in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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Docademia’s First Award Ceremony

On March Seventeen,
Two Thousand and Seventeen

Docademia will hold its First award ceremony

We have selected our Early Childhood film competition winners and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you!

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As this was our first contest, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but with 529 submissions from 88 countries, we couldn’t have hoped for a better turn out. With numbers like these, we knew we needed some extra help reviewing the films.

We found a team of highly-qualified interns from Bowling Green State University’s MACIE program to form our team of power reviewers! Our interns spent months reviewing all of the films to get us down to our top 6 Early Childhood films. Narrowing a giant list of great films into such a short list was a difficult task and we are so grateful to our interns for all of their hard work.

Once we had our top picks, it was time to send them to our jury committee. We asked the members of the jury to review each film through 4 categories: film aesthetics, content, topic, and bias. The top three winning films should not only be visually engaging, but should also tell a complete story about Early Childhood without prejudice. Our jurors are experts in their fields and after much deliberation they were able to declare a winner.


our jury:

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Dr. Zeynep I. Ercan

Dr. Meléndez

Dr. Spreen

And we hope that you’ll join us on March 17th from 6:30-8pm (CST) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago or online to find out who are the winners!



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Docademia Night at BGSU

Docademia @ BGSU

We are pleased to announce the success of a recent Docademia film screening, faculty/community workshop, and internship information session held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, from September 27th to the 28th . The event was open to the public. Students, BGSU faculty, local area educators, and community activists were all in attendance.

Our screening and workshop were held from 6-8pm on the 27th . The film screened from our collection was Sarah Khaki’s “Facing the Mirror,” which focuses on the life and work of an NYC-based plastic surgeon who helps survivors of war and brutality reconstruct their physical bodies. An interactive video chat with the director was held immediately after the screening. To enhance the screening and facilitate a first-hand look at the special services we offer, we also demonstrated some of the participatory educational materials available as supplements to “Facing the Mirror.”

An internship question-and- answer session was held on the 28th from 10am-noon. Current interns and volunteers from the BGSU community shared their Docademia internship experiences and took questions from the audience. 

This event was another step in our journey of encouraging faculty members to bring diverse stories into their classrooms, give marginalized voices an opportunity to be heard, and showcase how Docademia works to enhance multiculturalism and meaningful learning in higher education.